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2021 update: please visit the FOSS4G Perth website for up to date info.

FOSS4G SotM Oceania Perth 2020 is taking place in person this November.

We're creating an exciting program for you — the FOSS4G and OpenStreetMap community.

Here's all you need to know to attend. Keep reading to learn about: what to expect at the conference, venue information, and how to get involved. Watch this space for information and updates.


191 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Open now:


Registration is closed - we're sold out! Please join the OSM mapping party on Saturday though...

FOSS4G SotM Oceania - Yeah, we know that's a mouthful. Here's what it means.

So let's break it down — 'Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial' or FOSS4G if you're a fan of efficiency (we are) is the name given to the conferences of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). OSGeo is a non-profit with a mission to foster and promote the adoption of open source geospatial technology. All of this is done within the broader context of open source software philosophy and participatory community driven development.

'State of the Map' or SotM is the conference of the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) which supports the development of a free and open editable world map. This takes the form of the community driven OpenStreetMap project.


How do I register?

Thanks to our wonderful volunteer organisers and sponsors, we've managed to keep the cost of attending this event low.

  • Full price: $50
  • Student: $25

We also have a number of free registrations (and some modest financial support) available through our grant program, open now.

Head to our registration portal and sign up! Tickets are limited, so register soon to avoid disappointment.

What can I expect?

FOSS4G SotM Oceania belongs to you! It's the chance to come together as a community to share knowledge and experience through conference sessions, technical workshops, and social events. The topics will be wide ranging and the attendees will be users, creators, business, academics, community mappers, and government.

Who's gonna be there?

This conference is aimed at a broad swath of the community – developers, users, contributors, community mappers, academics, business, government and anyone interested in open source geospatial software and the OpenStreetMap project.

This is your chance to connect with and hear from developers creating the next generation of geospatial technology. Get ahead of the curve and find out what's on the horizon. FOSS4G and State of the Map events attract a very diverse audience on the global stage – so strap in for amazing content.

Why should I go?

You'll learn about cutting edge tech and what's on the horizon, meet the experts and talk to them, and learn new skills. Get the chance to hear what others like yourself are doing and producing with their open source geospatial tools. Along the way you'll meet up with old friends, make new ones, and share your experiences.

COVID safety

We're monitoring the COVID situation closely and will make sure the conference is a safe and clean space in line with the latest guidance.


08:00 Women's Breakfast
If you identify as a woman, come and join us for an informal breakfast get-together to chat about all things geospatial – e.g. how & why we got into it, and how we navigate the geospatial universe. We’ll meet at 8am sharp, so pop-in after you sort out your registration!
08:00 Arrival and registration
08:50 Welcome and opening
John Bryant
09:00 FOSS4G SotM Oceania Programme
A series of live streamed talks from Tom MacWright, Grayson Cooke, Lesley Arnold, Nathan Woodrow, Markus Mannheim, and Litea Biukoto
11:00 morning tea
11:20 Lightning Talks
A series of quick five minute talks from thirteen different presenters on a whole array of different subjects.
12:40 lunch break
Birds of a Feather (BoF) A Birds of a Feather session is an informal gathering of people around a specific topic. It's up to you what you want to talk about! We'll have a simple signup sheet and a few breakout spaces available for you to gather your flock.
Track 1 Track 2
13:30 RetroMaps: Adventures in Time and Space
Damien Hassan
A Local Government Journey with QGIS
Gabriel Diosan
13:50 UN peacebuilding & peacekeeping is going….OPEN!
Ivana Ivánová
Using open source solutions to deliver spatial applications for government
Norm Santich
14:10 Using Satellite and Drone Remote Sensing to monitor Eucalypt Flowering Events
Dan Dixon
Let's map indoors: starting indoor mapping with OSM
Nimalika Fernando
14:30 A non-technical tale of Data WA open source discovery
Jenny Smith
Open source remote sensing and dashboarding – surface water monitoring at your fingertips
Ross Gillis
14:50 All Take, No Give (LGAs - Open Data and FOSS4G)
James Spath
Mapping Tongan farms with QField
John Duncan
15:10 How Open Source Created a Company
Piers Higgs
QField: Exploration Geology's new 'must-have' tool
Edward Keys
15:30 afternoon tea
15:50 Keynote: Open Data, Open Observations
Rod Nowrojee
16:15 Wrap up
John Bryant
16:20 Social event
Join us for an informal social event after the conference closes. Swap stories, make some new friends, and chat about what drives your passion and interest in the world of geospatial.

OpenStreetMap mapping party

Interested in learning more about OpenStreetMap? Join us for a fun day of mapping on the day after the conference (Saturday, November 21st), with a mix of field data collection and desktop editing using the JOSM and iD OSM editors. Bring a laptop & mouse. All welcome!

10:30 Field Mapping
We'll start the day by meeting at Riff (45 St Georges Terrace) for welcomes and introductions, before heading out to map a forgotten part of Perth.
13:30 Editing OpenStreetMap
We'll head back to Riff, have some lunch, and work on getting our newly-captured field data into OpenStreetMap.
16:00 Wrap up

Our sponsors and partners

We wouldn't be able to make any of this happen without our wonderful sponsors.

Hub Sponsors

Conference Host

Hub Supporter

Lanyard Sponsor

In-kind Sponsors